Lodi, California.. District 11, Alexander Ranch. Some wine makers call this wine the softest wine on the planet!!! It makes a silky smooth wine and is used to soften the more aggressive Cabernet Sauvignon. On its own the Merlot gives a luscious and rich texture on the palate.. Beautifully colored with a gorgeous crimson robe. We recommend 1122 yeast, oaking at 200 grams American medium yeast for the primary and 200 grams French or American medium in the secondary.